Simulations performed for the National ITS Architecture Program indicated that delay can be reduced by more than 20 percent when adaptive signal control is implemented.

June 1996
United States

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Simulation and analysis have predicted that adaptive traffic signal controls could further reduce delays and emissions compared to the currently implemented systems under certain conditions. In simulations performed for the National ITS Architecture Program using non-proprietary adaptive algorithms, delay reduction of well over 20 percent were observed when traffic patterns deviated from predicted levels.


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Studies of Potential Intelligent Transportation System Benefits Using Traffic Simulation Modeling

Author: Glassco, R., et al.

Published By: Federal Highway Administration, U.S. DOT

Prepared by Mitretek for the U.S. DOT

Source Date: June 1996

Other Reference Number: Report No. MP96W0000101


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Metropolitan Areas


traffic signals, adaptive signals

Benefit ID: 2000-00091